Course Description

Over the last few years more and more students report anxiety and stress related disorders which can be ameliorated and reversed through self-awareness and self-regulation approaches. By integrating wearable biofeedback devices to demonstrate how mind/body/emotions are interconnected, participants can increase their awareness and then implement regeneration strategies. When these skills are generalized at home and at work, many students report significant reduction in symptoms. The presentation focuses on the use breathing, posture, muscle, skin conductance and muscle feedback to demonstrate voluntary control, teach awareness of sympathetic reactivity and mastery to inhibit reactivity. It outlines a sequential 12 week group program that can be taught in schools and used in homes and at work.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how to use three different feedback devices (posture, temp, SCL) to develop awareness of covert stress reactions at home and at work
  2. Implement an integrated posture, breathing and cognitive reframe practice to rapidly reduce negative depressive self-critical thoughts and interrupt rumination
  3. Describe the components of a 12 week group program to teach stress management in schools

Instructor Bio:

Erik Pepper, PhD

Erik Peper is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation and professor of Holistic Health Studies at San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe and past President of the AAPB. He has a biofeedback practice at Biofeedback Health ( In 2013 was received the AAPB’s Biofeedback Distinguished Scientist Award in recognition of outstanding career & scientific contributions. He is an author of numerous articles and books such as Make Health Happen,Fighting Cancer-A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment, Healthy Computing with Muscle Biofeedback, and Biofeedback Mastery. His is co-author of the newly published book,TechStress: How Technology is Hijacking Our Lives, Strategies for Coping, and Pragmatic Ergonomics. He publishes the blog, the peper perspective-ideas on illness, health and well-being ( His research interests focus on self-healing strategies to optimize health, the effects of posture and respiration, and learning self-mastery with biofeedback.